The Animal Foundation Receives $100,000 From PetSmart Charities® To Help Fund Campus Completion Project

Grant will support the construction of new Engelstad Family Adoption Center

Las Vegas –The Animal Foundation has received a grant for $100,000 from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to support the construction of the shelter’s new Engelstad Family Adoption Center, which will provide a permanent facility with safe and comfortable adoption areas for cats and other small animals, as well as administration offices and community education facilities. Thanks to this generous grant, The Animal Foundation will be able to cover more of the construction, installation, equipment and supply costs related to the Mission: Possible 2020 campus completion project, which officially broke ground on October 26, 2017.

“It’s amazing what can happen when our partners come forward to support our efforts to care for all the lost, homeless, abandoned and often mistreated animals who come into our care,” said Daniel Neel, Chief Finance and Development Officer for The Animal Foundation. “I am deeply heartened by this generous grant from PetSmart Charities and am more confident than ever that our Mission: Possible 2020 initiative to save all healthy and treatable animals who come into our care is going to have a tremendous impact on our Las Vegas community.”

“This grant is about much more than a building,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., president of PetSmart Charities.  “It’s about the benefits that this new state-of-the-art facility, designed in concert with best practices in animal shelter care, and the programs associated with Mission: Possible 2020 will bring to all the animals The Animal Foundation serves.”

Operating as the Nevada’s largest open-admission animal shelter, The Animal Foundation provides refuge and healthcare for thousands of helpless animals annually. The Mission: Possible 2020 initiative to save all healthy and treatable animals who come into The Animal Foundation’s care by the end of 2020 was unveiled in 2015. Anticipated completion of the new campus is late 2019. 

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The Animal Foundation is a private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the lives of all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley. The Animal Foundation operates the highest volume single-site animal shelter in America, saving more than 21,000 pets every year. Founded in 1978, The Animal Foundation’s lifesaving programs are designed to address the root causes of pet overpopulation and homelessness and include: adoptions; low-cost spay/neuter, microchipping and vaccination services; lost & found pets; Community Cats; and more. In June 2015, The Animal Foundation announced Mission: Possible 2020, a strategic initiative to save the lives of all healthy and treatable animals who come to them in need by the end of the year 2020. To learn more about The Animal Foundation or view adoptable pets online, visit


PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events. Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to pets in need by making donations directly to PetSmart Charities on a pin pad at the registers in PetSmart stores. PetSmart Charities administers and efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar of the generous donations by issuing grants and providing additional support to help pets in need. PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc. PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

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The Animal Foundation at 655 N. Mojave Road in Las Vegas is conveniently located off US-95 and Eastern. The Animal Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part. Tax ID: 88-0144253. Contact us by phone or email using the contact information found here.

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Adoptions Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 7pm
Lost & Found Tuesday - Sunday 11am - 7pm
Low-Cost Vaccine Clinic By Appointment Only
Spay & Neuter Temporarily Closed

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